Olympic Medal Count 2012 Chart: Most Impressive Performances in London

Siobhan WeathersContributor IIAugust 12, 2012

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The 2012 London Olympics have come to a close, but there were definitely some performances that we will not be forgetting any time soon.

The United States managed to pull ahead of China in the medal count and bring home a whopping 104 medals, 46 of which were gold.

One of the most outstanding performances came from 16-year-old Gabby Douglas. Douglas is the first African-American female gymnast to win the all-around gold medal. Not only did Douglas win two gold medals; she also broke a racial barrier.

Douglas, and the rest of the United States, knew the gold was hers after her riveting floor routine and score of 62.232.

This type of accomplishment can be compared to that of Dominique Dawes, who was the first African-American female gymnast to win a gold medal back in the 1996 Olympics.

Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh won their third Olympic title this year in women's beach volleyball. The pair is undefeated and finally decided to call it quits. Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post said Walsh has plans to attend the 2016 games in Rio, but May-Treanor has decided to retire.

What makes their final match one of the most impressive is not necessarily the match itself, but the fact that they went out with a bang. To finish undefeated is probably one of the most glorifying things any Olympian could ask for.

Michael Phelps was one athlete who did not quite retire undefeated, but he retired as the most decorated olympian of all time. Even though Phelps did not live up to the expectations set in Beijing, he still finished with 22 medals, arguably making him the best Olympian ever.

The most impressive race for the US Men's swim team was the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. What made this so impressive was not only the fact that they won the gold, but the fact that Phelps anchored the race, which is something he had never done before, said Amy Shipley of the Washington Post.

Phelps may not have performed as well as everyone hoped he would, but he retired with the most medals of any Olympian, which is definitely a great way to end his career.

The United States shined at the 2012 London Olympics, accomplishing feats, setting records and breaking barriers one event at a time.  

It's hard to say what we can expect in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but probably nothing short of amazing.